Hijab Zahid joins Multan Sultans, a PSL T20 franchise in Pakistan, as the first female General Manager replacing Haider Azhar.
This move makes Hijab one of the few female general managers in T20 franchises worldwide and the youngest general manager in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The franchise is undergoing a change in ownership following the death of its sole owner, Alamgir Tareen. His nephew, Ali Tareen, will now take control.
Zahid, aged 28, currently serves as the director of Grassroots Cricket and holds a master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Hertfordshire.
She previously worked as a media manager for Islamabad United.
We are delighted to introduce a significant milestone in the world of cricket management. We proudly announce Ms. Hijab Zahid (@hijaaaaab) as the newly appointed General Manager of Multan Sultans, marking a historic moment as the first female General Manager in the history of any… pic.twitter.com/Ev12BncbDU
— Multan Sultans (@MultanSultans) August 28, 2023
Ali Tareen expressed confidence in Zahid’s qualifications, emphasizing his commitment to hiring more female coaches and achieving gender parity within the franchise.
Hijab acknowledges the challenges of being a woman in a management role within the sports industry, highlighting the need for sensitivity training and cultural adaptation.
She aims to open doors for more women in various roles within the franchise, including analysts, presenters, and media managers.
The ultimate goal is to promote equal opportunity and modernize the work culture.
Despite being a female general manager, Hijab Zahid stresses that her focus is on being an effective administrator and fostering a 21st-century work culture.
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She expects mutual respect and understanding between herself and the players, acknowledging the need for adaptation from both sides.
On this day 🔙 in 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣
— Multan Sultans (@MultanSultans) June 24, 2023